When you’re trying to pull off a casual look, let’s be honest, you never actually want it to look completely laid back. In reality, you just want it to be casual enough that you look effortlessly put together. There’s always the fear of going too casual. You know what I mean. Looking so casual that you’re afraid strangers will start throwing loose change at you because you’re sporting the hobo-chic look a little too well. It’s a challenge and something that I’m still trying to get my head around.
The answer to my prayers was sitting in my closet and has been for years.
Denim jackets are and should be a staple piece in everyone’s wardrobe. They’re a must-have item that are easy to style and a jacket that you can always rely on. They’re versatile enough that you can wear them with almost anything. I say this hesitatingly simply because if there’s one trend that I find difficult to accept, it’s double denim. The “denim tracksuit” look is a look that I just don’t think I can personally pull off. I was scarred by my mother who over did my outfits in the 90’s and dressed me head to toe in denim. I thankfully put that to a stop the minute I was old enough to dress myself.
Don’t worry, you will not be seeing me in a denim baseball cap anytime soon…
Now that it’s autumn, denim jackets are a great piece to slowly transition you back into the coats and jackets that you’ll be wearing for the next 6 months (give or take). You can even mix and match denim jackets with different prints/ fabrics without looking like you dressed yourself in the dark. They’re even great for throwing over any outfit to give you that laid-back off-duty look, especially if you have an oversized denim jacket.
I like to style my denim jackets by either cuffing the sleeves or pushing them over my elbows. They can look plain as fuck and completely outdated but in my eyes they’re timeless. It’s a jacket that I know I’ll reach for every year and in multiple seasons. We all have that one item sitting in your closet, that barely sees the light of day. Am I right? Your denim jacket will never be that item. Well it isn’t in my case.
Like any pair of jeans, finding the right shade of denim can be tricky. If you’re wanting something more casual then I’d definitely go for a lighter wash of denim and a black denim or a deeper shade for something more dressy. That’s just my personal preference but of course don’t take my word as definite! Play around with different shades and see what works best for you.
Denim jackets aren’t for everyone and that’s okay – I get it. They’re a love it or hate it kind of thing and this was made very evident to me when I was called out for looking like Steve Irwin. I don’t ever recall him wearing one but the haters are going to hate and I’m still going to continue wearing my denim jacket because why the fuck not?
Just call me the crocodile hunter – *insert sassy girl emoji*
Lots of love,
(Most of the items in this outfit were from past seasons so instead I’ve included direct links to similar items!)